This was one of my sleepers of the show. I love the Koutsky 12° by Kout Brewery.
It was brought to the fest by Shelton Overly-Full-Of-Themselves and I am glad they brought it. It was one of the earlier beers I tried and they had some issues with the taps, so when I got the pour it had a large head. After waiting a few minutes for the foam to subside like the receding ocean tide I got a chance to look it over. It was clear, and bubbly just like I expect from a Czech Pils.
Stats: Czech Pilsner 5% ABV & 33 on the IBU scale
The first smell was bread like and very yeasty, almost a little funky honestly. But the first sip was smooth, and had a finish very similar to a white Belgian, crisp at first but with a slightly floral finish. I am pretty sure it’s beers like this that give the Czech people the honor of one of the highest beer consumption rates in the world. This is a solid every day drinker.
According to some searches other than Europe, it looks like the closest you can get this is New Orleans. I will keep an eye open, because I want more!
I am a sucker for a good Pilsner, let me start this by stating that right from the outset. I think the craft beer movement has forgotten its roots to an extent, with all the IPAs, and Saisons you’re seeing lately. Not that I have a problem with them mind you, but I feel there is a place in the market for a delicious crisp Pilsner. The Weltenburger is a German Pilsner if the name didn’t give it away and I was not disappointed.
First the facts: 5.6% ABV, and a 22 on the IBU scale.
It had a clear pour, nice and bubbly almost like a champagne. Very light citrus smell on the nose, with a crisp and light flavor with only a slight grain or popcorn finish that is characteristic of much of the German beer I drink. This would be a beer that I could drink ice cold after mowing my lawn. At first glance it almost looks like what American mass market beer wants to be, however it has none of that vague uric flavor that is so common in American beer.
It was pretty much everything Budweiser wants to be. I have found websites that sell it, yet finding a vendor in Portland seems to be difficult. It is not currently on the list at Johns Market. I will be doing an expedition down there soon, and if I find it I will report back dear readers!